Friday, July 31, 2015

Take A Dip Summer Pool Party with Kraft Dips

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What's better than a good cold dip on a hot summer day? Nothing!
My family routinely has nights where we will just eat assortments of dips for dinner and we call it "dip night." It's fun and interactive and it's perfect for a party...especially a pool party!
I love a good play on words and when I heard about these newly repackaged Kraft Dips, I knew I had to do a "Take a Dip" themed pool party!
So, today I am going to show you how to set up your own dip party for your next summer get-together, and even how to take one of these Kraft Dips to another level of yum! 

I started by picking up three flavors of Kraft Dip at Wal-Mart; the Green Onion, the Bacon and Cheddar, and the French Onion. You can find them near the sour cream, close to the dairy aisle. 
Then, I used the Green Onion Dip as the base for a delicious party dip that never fails to impress my guests. 

Baked Potato Dip: 
1 Container Kraft Green Onion Dip
1 Cup Chopped, Cooked, Bacon
1 Cup Shredded Cheddar
1 Cup Green Onions
(Reserve some of each ingredient for topping)

Simply mix all the ingredients together and put back into the refrigerator until time to serve at your party.  Serve with your choice of chips. I prefer corn chips because they are nice and sturdy!

How easy is that? 
You could put it together in a snap when you have guests coming over at the last minute. 

For the party set-up, I kept it simple and cute. 
The "tablecloth" is two beach towels that we picked up at Wal-Mart while we were there getting the Kraft Dip. They were on clearance and they inspired the entire color scheme of the party. Beach towels come in such vibrant colors that they are the perfect addition to any tabletop!
I displayed the dips on tall cylindrical vases, filled with water and food coloring to mimic the pool water behind the table. Each cylinder is topped with a simple plastic disposable tray and a dip bowl. I like the clear plastic trays because they really allow you to see the cylinders underneath. 
To identify each dip, I picked up these cute little cloud shapes at the craft store and glued them to a dowel. Then, I used a paint marker to write the names of each dip. 
Each dip is also served with a different variety of chip, to give the table texture.  
How yummy does this look?  
It's a crowd pleaser!

 For additional fun on the table, I picked up these wooden letters and painted them pink, and then used some Mod Podge and glitter to give them a "dipped" look.  

There's still plenty of summertime left to enjoy some dip parties of your own!
So, pick up some Kraft Dip today and leave me a comment to show me your pool party!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Summer Dinner Party Ideas with Pier 1 Imports

This post is sponsored by Pier 1 Imports. 
Summer is the best time to entertain in your home! It's always so nice to be able to entertain outdoors and be able to really relax outside with your guests. 
Today, I'm going to show you how to throw a Mediterranean themed dinner party using Pier 1 Imports products! Pier 1 Imports recently helped me makeover my patio in a bright, Mediterranean Blue color scheme. I was thrilled with the outcome! It's so welcoming out there now! It's going to be the best place to entertain!

A good tip for in-home entertaining is to embrace themes! Themes can be so fun for your guests and they allow you to really play with your d├ęcor and your menu!

I love the Mediterranean, it's easily my favorite place in the world, so I decided to focus on a Greek-inspired menu when planning a recent dinner party. 

I started with a Mediterranean Blue color palette, and I added some green, to incorporate the beautiful green Trellis melamine dinnerware and the green in the stripes of the chair pillows. 

I adore a stemless wine glass and I used these Clarity acrylic glasses. I served Coconut and Blueberry soda. I added frozen blueberries instead of ice. It's a fun detail for guests and after the drink is finished, they can have a yummy treat at the end! My little guys really like this drink too!

For my main buffet area, I set up a Greek-inspired menu of chicken and vegetable kabobs, with Tzatziki sauce, Greek pasta salad, and cupcakes to finish our meal with a sweet note. 
These cupcakes were just cute little store-bought cupcakes and I added blueberries for something extra on top!  

 Don't they look so great served on those green trellis plates? 

 Pasta salad is my addiction in the summer. I serve it at pretty much every gathering that we host! It's refreshing in the summer to give your guests something chilled that's also filling. And there are a million different ways to customize it to your theme! I used a Greek recipe with lots of Feta and fresh veggies. 

 And what's more Mediterannean than sunflowers? They are very "Under the Tuscan Sun!" 

 You can also display the drinks as I did in my place setting, with a cute little paper doily place card and a blue clothespin. That way, the guests know which glass is theirs to take and it can also serve as a place setting!

 The blue trellis dinnerware really brings in the Greek theme. They remind me of Santorini!
 Doesn't this look so yummy? It was!

 After the sun went down, we lit the lanterns for the perfect evening lighting. 
We also turned on our seaglass string lights, which always say "party!"

If you are planning on throwing a party this summer, you can't go wrong with all these adorable products from Pier 1 Imports to brighten up your outdoor spaces!

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